The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment reported that different kinds of natural disasters in Vietnam create around 1.5 percent of GDP loss each year. This rate is predicted to grow in the future unless there are sound national solutions to cope with climate changes soon.
In an interview with Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, Mr. Vu Xuan Thanh, deputy chief of the General Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, emphasized the need of fortifying the dyke system to cope with natural disasters, which have been erratic and not followed laws of nature.
Natural disasters caused 16 people dead and missing, injured 54, damaged and inundated 17,713 houses, devastated 21,355 hectares of rice and 1,342 hectares of fruit trees, killed 117,675 fowl and ruined 80 fishing boats with the total damage of VND315 billion (US$13.55 million) in the Southern region during the first nine months of 2019.